Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has had another excellent season for Newcastle.
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan – in action
When Kevin was signed in January of 2009, most fans thought he was a great buy for just £4M from Bolton Wanderers, a club he also captained.
But Kevin struggled, like the rest of the team, in the last four months of that season for the Magpies, and of course Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League for the very first time. 🙁
But in the last two seasons, Kevin has not only been a good player for the team, but he’s given very strong leadership to the side, and has also scored 30 goals from his central midfield position.
Kevin was appointed Newcastle captain last August by Chris Hughton, and has provided great leadership for the side, and even when he’s sick, as he was last Saturday, he still plays well and he scores too.
Peter Lovenkrands, who also played well and got a goal on Saturday, has praised his caption today, and wonders why he isn’t in the England side.
England manager Fabio Capello hasn’t expressed much interest in Kevin Nolan this season or ever for that matter, and Lovenkrands finds that a little strange:
“Kevin is so underrated. I don’t know why, when you think of some of the players who have been picked by England, that he has not even had a look-in,”
“It’s incredible, last year and this year he has scored goals from midfield like Gerrard and Lampard does. They are the only two really who do it as often as him.”
“I don’t understand why he does not get the chance to prove himself at that level. He is such a good pro, such a good player and such a good character to have in the dressing room, so it’s strange.”
“Kevin was struggling with flu. Yet he went out on Saturday, still struggling really, and bursts through and gets our first goal,”
“But that is what he is like. That is what we need our captain to do and he does. He is fantastic in that role. His banter can be a bit better but he is there for the boys when we need him.
“He is definitely a captain who does that for us, it’s vital to our dressing room that we have someone like Kevin.”
It seems the best two central midfield players for England are still Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who turns 33 in June, but both have had big injury problems this season, but both usually have good scoring records during the season.
But there’s no doubt Kevin Nolan is a very good player, and he was recognized only twice at the England U21 level back in 2004, and has never been capped by England.
But if Kevin Davies can get a cap at 33, then hope exists for Kevin, who is still only 28, but his number one job in football is to play well, and captain the Newcastle United side.
There’s not much wrong with that.